I’m finally ready to announce my new startup: Passionate Produce. Practically speaking, this means I have an idea and a splash page. (That’s all you really need to launch a startup, right?)
Passionate Produce is a sex-positive, kink-positive, queer-positive crowdfunding platform, a home for all of the cool projects that you can’t list on sites like Kickstarter or IndieGoGo because they violate those sites’ Terms of Service. If you are at all interested, please go over and sign up for one of my email lists — that’s how I’m judging interest in the site, and it’s also one of the tools I’ll be using to find projects for the beta version of the site.
It’s taken me a lot longer than I had hoped to make this announcement. Part of it is technical: I wanted to have some amount of research and prep work done before announcing anything. Part of it is emotional: It’s scary to go out into the world and say, yes, this is what I’m doing with my career now.
In a lot of ways, launching this blog and the startup have been a sort of coming-out-of-the-closet process. There are some people with whom I’m very comfortable talking about my sex-positive entrepreneurship, like the folks at Artisan’s Asylum. And then there are my old colleagues from robotics — I’m holding off from telling most of them until the beta version of the site has launched, and we’re actually fundraising for projects.
It will still be several months before the beta site is up, but I wanted to get this on your radar. Please spread the word, sign up for the email lists, and encourage people you know with cool sex/kink-positive projects that need funding to contact me.